As you are probably aware, our contemporary English content is now available through (, and our old English dictionary site no longer exists.

As a result of this, this forum is now closed.

The English dictionary community team would like the opportunity to say a huge thanks to all of you who participated by posting questions and helping other community members.
We hope this forum was useful, and that you enjoyed being a part of it.

If you would like to get in touch with any OED-related queries, please write to
[email protected]

And if you would like to contribute suggestions to the OED, please do so by visiting:

Thank you very much indeed, and good bye!
The community team

Progressive tenses and stative verbs

Can you use stative verbs with progressive tenses formally and informally ?
And can certain stative verbs act as dynamic ?


  • @ShowMoiDwae, a common use of PROGRESSIVE with stative verbs is to signal that the state is temporary. For example
    I'm being very patient
    I'm seeing things and hearing voices meaning 'i'm hallucinating'.

    These examples are conversational, but not particularly informal.
    What is clearly informal in style is the advertising slogan
    I'm loving it.
    A similar informal use is:
    I'm liking what I'm seeing.

    Some verbs have quasi-permanent stative uses and temporary-state uses. For example
    I live in London. At present, I'm living with my parents.
    I work as a driver. At present I'm working as Mr Smith's chauffeur.
    I have a lovely bathroom. I'm having a bath right now.
    He walks with a limp. He's walking away,

Sign In or Register to comment.